The Apostle Islands Grand Tour

Our most popular, classic cruise experience.

The “Grand Tour” Cruise Overview

The Apostle Islands Grand Tour takes you on a narrated, informative 55-mile scenic cruise. Throughout this memorable cruise, you’ll pass extraordinary natural scenery, beautiful historic Raspberry and Devils Island Lighthouses, standing rocks, extensive sea caves, and marine wildlife. Learn the rich history of centuries of human interaction with Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” on majestic Lake Superior.

Approximate Duration

2.5-3 Hours

Grand Tour Highlights

See the Islands Up Close

The Grand Tour is the best way to see all the Apostle Islands has to offer.

Magnificent Sea Caves

After billions of years, Lake Superior waves have etched exquisite arches, caves, and caverns into the reddish-brown sandstone cliffs of Devils Island.

Raspberry Island Lighthouse

Known as the “showplace of the Apostle Islands”, the lighthouse was established in 1862. Its beautiful facade has delighted visitors for generations.

Devils Island Lighthouse

This lighthouse first became a beacon for sailors in 1891. Its flashing red light then became an icon of Lake Superior.

Manitou Island Fishing Camp

Looking for stable, thick ice for winter fishing, two brothers in the 1930s developed this fishing camp. The area has plenty of stories!

Grand Tour Pricing Information

Adult: $51.95
Child (6-12): $30.95
Child (under 6): $1.00
City of Bayfield Passenger tariff will be added to each ticket purchased: $2.00

Cruises frequently sell out. Buying tickets in advance in highly recommended.

Grand Tour Schedule

Fare Date Departure
Serene Waters
Morning Grand Tour
May 25 - October 20
10:00 AM
Best Temperatures
Afternoon Grand Tour
May 11 - October 20
12:00 PM &
1:15 PM
Photographer's Favorite
Evening Grand Tour
June 8 - September 15
4:30 PM
Autumn Evening Grand Tour September 20 - 29
(Friday & Saturday)
4:30 PM

What Others Are Saying

I had such a wonderful cruise today! The weather was perfect, the boat was fast and thrilling…the water was spraying up and into the open window. I was laughing out of the sheer joy of it all. The crew were incredible, the captain narrated so knowledgeably and humorously. He would circle and approach the beautiful formations from both sides so the passengers had an equally great experience. It was truly the very best cruise I have ever had and I definitely would go again and highly recommend others to go!!!


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The Grand Tour Cruise Route

Grand Tour

The Grand Tour begins at our dock in Bayfield, WI.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Bring?

Since the weather on Lake Superior is on average 10-15 degrees lower than on land, bring layers of clothing to ensure a pleasant trip. You are also welcome to bring small coolers with food and beverages (though beverages and snacks are available for purchase onboard). Of course, don’t forget your camera!

Grand Tour vs. Lighthouse Tour?

If you’ve never seen the Apostle Islands, then the Grand Tour is the way to go. Its popularity stems from its visit to Devils Island, home to some of the most breathtaking rock formations and sea caves that honeycomb its northern shore.

Although you can get off and visit historic buildings, the lighthouse tours don’t go near the truly iconic sights, such as the sea caves, multicolored cliffs, and arches.

When Should I Arrive? And Where?

The tour starts in Bayfield, Wisconsin at 2 Front St, Bayfield, WI 54814.

Parking is offered on all streets, with the majority providing free daily parking. However, parking on Rittenhouse Avenue and Front Street is limited to two hours, and the Grand Tour is 2 and half to 3 hours long, so this is not recommended.

Seating on all cruises is on first-come, first-served basis. If you have a preference, we recommend arriving 45 minutes to an hour before departure time to be near the front of the line while boarding.